We all experience some periods in our lives in which we struggle with identity and self-esteem. Unfortunately, many of these vulnerable moments occur when we are feeling self-conscious about some aspect of our physical appearance. For many people, a part of the body that can have a negative impact on self-esteem is the nose. The nose is an extremely prominent facial feature, and it plays a significant role in overall facial balance and aesthetics. If the nose is overly large, crooked, or has other imperfections, people are often unhappy with their appearance and may find they have poor self-esteem due, in large part, to the nasal aesthetics. This is why many people seek rhinoplasty to improve the overall appearance of the nose.
What is Rhinoplasty?
Rhinoplasty is a cosmetic nose reshaping surgery that is often known as a “nose job”. Plastic surgeons can accomplish a wide range of functional and aesthetic goals with the procedure, improving almost any problem a patient may be concerned about, from a hump on the nose to a drooping nasal tip. Rhinoplasty can also improve overall facial balance and harmony between the features.
Though the procedure is relatively invasive, the initial recovery time for rhinoplasty is only about 1-2 weeks, with residual swelling taking longer to resolve. Patients can expect permanent improvement in their nose once healing is complete.
How Rhinoplasty Can Help Improve Self-Esteem
Physical changes can make a big difference, and for people who finally are able to improve their nose through rhinoplasty, fixing the flaws that have long made them self-conscious often results in great gains in confidence and self-esteem. Many people who undergo rhinoplasty find that they are happier and no longer try to stay in the shadows. When done for the right reasons, rhinoplasty can have major emotional benefits.
Big Changes Happen—and Come with Unexpected Emotions
Simply changing the shape of the nose can have a big impact on the overall appearance of the face, and many patients are shocked by the changes they see once the splint is removed. For the most part, these changes are positive, resulting in a more balanced and symmetrical look, but they can come with some unexpected emotions and identity struggles that patients must be prepared for. Looking at a wide range of before and after photos can help prepare patients for the possible changes to the facial aesthetics following rhinoplasty.
Do Not Fall into the “If Only” Trap
If you are feeling insecure about your nose, then you may be feeling something along the lines of “if only my nose were prettier, I would feel/do _______”. The truth is that while rhinoplasty can greatly improve confidence, self-esteem, and overall facial aesthetics, the surgery cannot fix everything. You can easily continue to have negative emotions about yourself after rhinoplasty, and it is important to change your thinking as well as your nose.
If you are considering rhinoplasty, it is very important that you maintain realistic expectations about your results. Rhinoplasty can produce marked improvement in the aesthetics of the nose, but it cannot accomplish every goal, and perfection is simply not a realistic goal for rhinoplasty. A preview of your results can be helpful for giving you a benchmark of what is realistic, but even these previews are only approximations of your final results.
Finding a Surgeon You Trust
When it comes to rhinoplasty, finding the right surgeon is the key to success. You will need to find a surgeon with a great deal of expertise and experience in the rhinoplasty field, as well as board certification in relevant specialties, such as facial plastic surgery and otolaryngology (ear, nose, and throat). Rhinoplasty is an extremely complex surgery, requiring the skill and artistry of a specialist. Good outcomes require trust and communication between doctor and patient, so be sure to choose a surgeon with whom you have rapport.
Not sure where to begin your search for a qualified plastic surgeon? Come to the Boston Rhinoplasty Center and meet with Dr. Stuart Bentkover, a double board certified rhinoplasty specialist with a passion for the procedure and a record of beautiful, natural-looking outcomes for patients. If you would like to discuss your goals for rhinoplasty with Dr. Bentkover, call his offices in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA today to schedule your consultation.